How to Install Step Bars
SUVs and pickups have gone bigger through the years. You might find it difficult to get inside your vehicle because of the high step that you need to take. It is also inconvenient for older people and kids because of their height disadvantage. So to make it easier for everyone to step in and out of your truck, try installing step bars or nerf bars. It's very easy to set them up. You won't be needing too many tools, and the task will only take you an hour or less to get it done.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
Preparing for the task
Check your step bar kit if all the needed parts and hardware are in. Also, inspect your vehicle if it has factory-drilled mounting holes. If there are none, grab an electric drill to create holes on your truck's frame. It would also be better if you clean your vehicle first before starting the installation.
Locating the body-mounting brackets
Get under the cab of your truck and look for the body-mounting brackets. Remove the bolts from the brackets. The number of bolts differs from one vehicle to another, but make sure that you remove the bolts at the front of the vehicle first. You will also find a rubber donut, which you need to take out as well.
Replacing the bolts
Get the long bolt from your step bar kit and slide it into the new bracket provided. Put the rubber donut back in and secure the bracket with the bolt. Remove the remaining bolts along the truck's frame and fasten the new bolts and brackets in place.
Installing the step bars
Position the step bar on top of the brackets. Make sure that the holes in the step bar are aligned with the holes in the brackets. Secure the step bar to the side of the vehicle by fastening the screws into the brackets. Follow the same process when installing the step bar on the other side of the truck.
- In drilling holes on your vehicle's frame, make sure that you check out the manufacturer's instructions first and that you follow these guidelines to avoid damages.
- You may not screw the bolts in tightly until you're about to finish the installation, so you can still make adjustments as you assemble everything.